Mrs. Dundas McQueen reel

Also known as Mrs. Dundas McQueen’s, Ms. Dundas McQueen, Niel Gow’s Wife (mis-titled).

Mrs. Dundas McQueen has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Mrs. Dundas McQueen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| BGdB cAec | BGdB (3def gd | BGdB cAec | BG (3Bcd e2df |
|gdBd eAAf | gdBd e2 df | gdBd eAAc | BG (3Bcd e2dc |
ABC
X: 2
T: Mrs. Dundas McQueen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: ed |cAec dBfd | cAec (3efg ae |\
cAec dBfd | cA (3cde f2 :|
|: eg |aece fBBg | aece f2 eg |\
aece fBBd | cA (3cde f2 :|
ABC
X: 3
T: Mrs. Dundas McQueen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d/c/ |BGdB cAec | BGdB (3def gd |\
BGdB cAec | BG Bc/d/ e2 d :|
|: f |gdBd eAAf | gdBd e2 df |\
gdBd eAAc |[1 BG (3Bcd e2 d :|[2 BG (3Bcd egdg |]
ABC
X: 4
T: Mrs. Dundas McQueen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: a |cAec dBfd | cAec ef/g/ ae |\
cAec dBfB | cA A/A/A f2 e :|
|: g |a/g/f/e/ ae dBfg | aeag f2 ef/g/ |\
aefc dBed |[1 cA A/A/A f2 e :|[2 cAAa faea |]
ABC
X: 5
T: Mrs. Dundas McQueen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: g |BGdB cAec | BGdB de/f/ gd |\
BGdB cAeA | BG G/G/G e2 d :|
|: f |g/f/e/d/ gd cAef | gdgf e2 de/f/ |\
gdeB cAdc |[1 BG G/G/G e2 d :|[2 BGGg egdg |]
ABC
X: 6
T: Mrs. Dundas McQueen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: a |{d/}cAec {c/}dBfd | {d/}cAec e/f/g a>e |\
{d/}cAec {c/}dBfB | {d/}cA A/A/A Tf2 e :|
|: g |a/g/f/e/ ac dBfg | aeag Tf2 e/f/g |\
aefc dBed |[1 cA A/A/A Tf2 e :|[2 cAAa faea |]
ABC
X: 7
T: Mrs. Dundas McQueen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c |:BGd>B cAeA | BGdB (de/f/) gd |\
BGdB cAec |[1 BG (B/c/d) e2 dg :|[2 BG (G/G/G) e2 (d/e/f) ||
g>edB cAeA | g/f/e/f/ gd e2 (d/e/f) |\
gedB cAeA | BG G/G/G e2 (d/e/f) |
gedB cAeA | g/f/e/f/ gd e2 (d/e/f) |\
g>edB cAeA | (B/c/d) (e/f/g) decd |]
ABC

Twenty-six comments

This version

I note that there is another Niel Gow’s Wife on file. However this version is very different. I got it from Peacock’s Tunes, published by the Northumbrian Pipers Society, published in June 1980. I put it down as a hornpipe, because it seems so right to play it in a light skipping dotted rhythm, though in truth, we should call it a scottish reel. ( I am not quite up on these distinctions I am afraid. I invite your comments)

The man himself was a dancing teacher, and I assume from this tune that she was a lively dancer herself. By the way, finding the proprietorial title rather distasteful in this day and age, I suggest we re-christen it Margaret Gow.

A need to learn ABC notation ~ before & after, trying to make sense of this

K: Gmaj
dc || BGdB | cAec | BGdB | def (triplet) gd | BGdB | cAec | BG Bcd (triplet) | e2dc ||

|| BGdB | cAec | BGdB | def (triplet) gd | BGdB | cAec | BG Bcd (triplet) | e2df ||

|| gdBd | eAAf | gdBd | e2df | gdBd | eAAc | BG Bcd (triplet) | e2df ||

|| gdBd | eAAf | gdBd | e2df | gdBd | eAAc | BG Bcd (triplet) | egdg ||

R: strathspey ?
K: Gmaj
|: dc |\
BGdB cAec | BGdB (3def gd | BGdB cAec | BG (3Bcd e2 :|
|: df |\
gdBd eAAf | gdBd e2 df | gdBd eAAc | BG (3Bcd e2 :|

And - is there really a need to whitewash history, to make all titles PC and Photoshop out all bad things we disagree with from films, recordings and the past, like cigarettes. And where would it stop? Must everything be the same shade of grey? :-P

This transcription in A

R: strathspey
K: AMaj
|: ed |\
cAec dBfd | cAec (3efg ae |
cAec dBfd | cA (3cde f2 :|
|: eg |\
aece fBBg | aece f2 eg |
aece fBBd | cA (3cde f2 :|

Now to find my copy of Peacock’s… Where did I last see it? :-/

Kid - children - wife ~

Just as ‘kid’ has come to be applied to something other than young goats, and ‘children’ is not always used for the results on the lottery between sperm and egg, ‘wife’ can be used for other than that church and/or state contract between two people, whatever their gender… Here too it could be that it has nothing to do with Margaret Gow…

“Niel Gow’s Wife” ~ from “Peacock’s Tunes”

X: 1
T: Niel Gow’s Wife
B: "Peacock’s Tunes: A Favorite Collection of Tunes with Variations Adapted for the Northumberland Small Pipes, Violin or Flute", page 1
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R:
K: GMaj
|: d/c/ |\
BGdB cAec | BGdB (3def gd |
BGdB cAec | BG Bc/d/ e2 d :|
|: f |\
gdBd eAAf | gdBd e2 df |
gdBd eAAc |[1 BG (3Bcd e2 d :|[2 BG (3Bcd egdg |]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Peacock_(piper)

You can download "Peacock’s Tunes" here ~
http://tunearch.org/wiki/Peacock’s_Tunes

Or buy it here ~
http://www.northumbrianpipers.org.uk/
http://www.northumbrianpipers.org.uk/books/peacock.htm

Niel Gow’s Wife

In Kerr’s Merry Melodies and The Athole Collection there is a tune called "Mrs Dundas McQueen":

X:945
T:Mrs Dundas McQueen
S:Kerr’s Merry Melodies
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:A
a | cAec dBfd | cAec e/f/g ae | cAec dBfB |
cA A/A/A f2 e :| g |: a/g/f/e/ ac dBfg | aeag f2 ef/g/ |
aefc dBed |1 cA A/A/A f2 e :|2 cAAa faea |]

The tune is also found in Aird in the key of G:

X:946
T:Mrs Dundas McQueen
S:Aird Vol.5
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
c | BGd>B cAeA | BGdB de/f/ gd | BGdB cAec |1 BG B/c/d e2 dg :|2 BG G/G/G e2 d/e/f || g>edB cAeA | g/f/e/f/ gd e2 d/e/f |
gedB cAeA | BG G/G/G e2 d/e/f | gedB cAeA | g/f/e/f/ gd e2 d/e/f | g>edB cAeA | B/c/d e/f/g decd |]

Thanks Nigel, I did think of you but have been too distracted to ask. I did have the Kerr’s and other collections out to check, but haven’t had the time. I was waiting for the weekend. You’ve saved me that madness, thanks. Always appreciated ~ ‘c’

:-/

Now if only they’d check their email and get back here to fix the problems with this submission…

;-)

I had checked "The Beauties of Niel Gow" and it wasn’t found there…

“Mrs. Dundas McQueen” - reel ~ the Kerr take on it transposed

X: 3
T: Mrs Dundas McQueen
S: "Kerr’s Second Collection of Merry Melodies", page 8, tune #51
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: AMaj
|: a |\
cAec dBfd | cAec ef/g/ ae |
cAec dBfB | cA A/A/A f2 e :|
|: g |\
a/g/f/e/ ae dBfg | aeag f2 ef/g/ |
aefc dBed |[1 cA A/A/A f2 e :|[2 cAAa faea |]

That transposed to G ~

X: 5
T: Mrs Dundas McQueen
S: "Kerr’s Second Collection of Merry Melodies", page 8, tune #51
N: transposed down from A to G
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: GMaj
|: g |\
BGdB cAec | BGdB de/f/ gd |
BGdB cAeA | BG G/G/G e2 d :|
|: f |\
g/f/e/d/ gd cAef | gdgf e2 de/f/ |
gdeB cAdc |[1 BG G/G/G e2 d :|[2 BGGg egdg |]

S: The 12th Earl of Eglington

~ the ‘source’ given for this tune in James Stewart Robertson’s 1884 "The Athole Collection", mentioned above…

The 12th Earl of Eglington

His daughter, Lady Lilias Montgomerie, was married to Robert Dundas MacQueen of Braxfield, the son of Robert MacQueen (the "hanging judge", who sentenced Deacon Brodie, and is said to be "The Jolly Judge" whom the pub in Edinburgh is named after). There is another tune in The Athole Collection called "Mr Dundas MacQueen".

After the death of Robert Dundas MacQueen, Lady Lilias Montgomerie married Richard Oswald of Auchencruive, who was the subject of an ode by Burns, relating to his funeral cortège.

“The Athole Collection”, 1884 ~ very little difference from the Kerr take

X: 6
T: Mrs Dundas McQueen
S: James Stewart Robertson’s "The Athole Collection", 1884, page 22
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
U: T = !trill!
R: reel
K: AMaj
|: a |\
{d/}cAec {c/}dBfd | {d/}cAec e/f/g a>e |
{d/}cAec {c/}dBfB | {d/}cA A/A/A Tf2 e :|
|: g |\
a/g/f/e/ ac dBfg | aeag Tf2 e/f/g |
aefc dBed |[1 cA A/A/A Tf2 e :|[2 cAAa faea |]

James Aird’s tunebook #5

James Aird, Glasgow, published six tunebooks from 1778-1801, 1180 tunes. All six of them are available as downloads from Jack Campin’s website ~

http://www.campin.me.uk/

Aird’s books are also available scanned at archive.org.

Jeremy to the rescue. Thanks!

“Mrs. Dundas McQueen”

Hey, this too was not Jeremy, it was firefly. Here’s hoping, at least for the ABCs, that he’ll remember to add the repeat signs, and continue the "Peacock’s" mistaken title… There’s enough said about that here in the comments already… ;-)

and ‘NOT’ continue the "Peacock’s" mistaken title… :-/ :-D

Wild! The ‘dots’ have got it!!! It’s just the ABCs that need a little updating, to be put in synch with the dots this time…

X: 2 “Mrs. Dundas McQueen”

Originally submitted by firefly in G and, from "Peacock’s Tunes", as "Niel Gow’s Wife" ~ here transposed to A.

X: 3 “Mrs. Dundas McQueen”

B: "A Favorite Collection of Tunes with Variations Adapted for the Northumberland Small Pipes, Violin or Flute", John Peacock & Thomas Wright, W.Wright, Newcastle, page 1
T: "Niel Gow’s Wife" (mistitled in this collection)

X: 4 & X: 5 “Mrs. Dundas McQueen” - in A & transposed to G

S: "Kerr’s Second Collection of Merry Melodies", page 8, tune #51

X: 6 “Mrs. Dundas McQueen”

S: James Stewart Robertson’s "The Athole Collection", 1884, page 22

X: 7 “Mrs. Dundas McQueen’s Reel”

B: "A Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs Vol. V", James Aird,, Glasgow, 1801, page 54, tune #144

A Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs Vols. 1 - 6 (Aird, James)
http://imslp.org/wiki/A_Selection_of_Scotch,_English,_Irish_and_Foreign_Airs_(Aird,_James)*

* Note: you will need to cut and paste this as for some reason the final round bracket/parenthesis, does not register in the link, so will not go to the intended page if you just click on it. :-/